**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version. This tutorial is my own creation. Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials). If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **
PTU Poser – “Kimmy” by Designs By Norella. You can purchase the tube at the Designs by Norella store
FTU Mask - "Mask 01 – Cloud Template" by Aeval Amore. Available for download on my blog, Aeval's Art.
DS – Drop Shadow
Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5
Open Paper 5 in a new canvas. Double click on the layer to unlock it.
Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper. Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.
With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C). You will see dashed lines surround the canvas.
Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard). The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok. Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again).
You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper. Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it. The mask will now show.
Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image. This releases just the mask. The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.
Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background. This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.
Add the paper/mask combination from above to the working canvas. Resize to fit the canvas.
Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the top portion of the mask. Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) it on the canvas. Move the copy layer below the original mask layer and position it to help fill out the bottom area of the tag. If you need to use the eraser tool to erase areas to give you the shape you want.
Open the poser in another canvas. Use the marquee tool and draw a rectangle around the upper body of the poser. Copy the poser and switch back to the working canvas. Make sure the mask layer up at the top is selected and paste the poser onto the canvas. Select Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal from the menu to flip her so she is facing in the opposite direction. Resize to fit in the upper left section of the mask. Position however you like best and then right click on the poser layer and select “Create clipping mask” to clip it to the mask layer behind. Then right click on the poser layer and select “Blending Options”. Change the blend mode to “Screen” and select OK. This will give it the faded appearance.
Add TREE2 to the canvas and position on the right side. Resize to fit the canvas leaving room at the top and bottom to cover with the grass at the bottom and the leafy overhang at the top. Add DS.
Add TOWER to the canvas to the left of the tree. Move the layer below the tree layer. Resize to fit the canvas the same way as the tree and position so the tree slightly overlaps the tower and the tower overlaps slightly the face in the sky.
Add multiple copies of GRASS in multiples sizes overlapping each other to create a grassy area for the bottom of the tag. I used 3 different layers of the element and made one layer the width of the mask but varied the sizes of the other layers and overlapped them. Make sure the grass layers are above the tree and tower and covers the bottoms of each.
Add LEAF12 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the mask. To get a faded look I used the eraser tool and erased around the edges of the element. Add DS.
Add the full poser to the canvas as the new top layer. Resize to fit and position to the right side of the tag so it looks like she is standing on the grassy area. Add DS.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the autumn elements from the kit. Resize the elements as you add them to fit the proportions of your tag. Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety. In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz. In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used.
Here are all the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
- LEAF7 (X2)
- LEAF10 (X3)
Add your license and copyright info to the tag.
Add name and any other text of choice.
Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!
Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!